Shades of Grey: Painting without Colour
Beit Wing (Room 13).
Colour, like form and tone has been long regarded as an integral element of Western painting. This display will explore the ways in which a number of artists have chosen to make colour absent from their work. It will demonstrate how painting ‘without colour’ is a determined artistic choice, one informed by factors such as technical interests, fashions and social climate.
The paintings in the exhibition are drawn from the Gallery’s collection and date from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. They include Mantegna’s grisaille ‘relief’, Judith with the Head of Holofornes, Goya’s El Sueño, Berthe Morisot’s Le Corsage Noir, Feninger’s Umpferstedt III, Dod Procter’s Girl Asleep, Patrick Collins’s Liffey Quaysides and Anne Yeat’s Women and Washing, Sicily.